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nhsiowIn order to make sure that the Isle of Wight NHS Trust are providing the best possible service for local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) community, a new patient group has been set up.

The Trust’s LGB&T Patient Group will be a group made up of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, (patients, family members, and carers) from the Island, who can act as a ‘critical friend’ for the Trust by discussing the services the Trust offers and how improvements can be made for the benefit of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, carers, visitors and the Trust.   This advice is similar to that provided to the Trust by a whole range of other patient support groups from across the Island.

What does being a member of the group involve?

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  • Helping make the Trust more LGB&T friendly
  • Letting the trust know how their services, practices and procedures could be made better from your perspective as a LGB&T person
  • Looking at the Trust’s communication materials and telling us how these could be improved
  • Getting involved in health promotion events aimed at LGB&T people.

The first event will be held on Wednesday 9th October starting at 18:00 in the Education Centre at St Mary’s Hospital.  The event will be co-facilitated by Leila Woodhouse, Stonewall Health Officer.

If you are planning to attend, please contact Liz Nials, quality and Diversity Lead on 01983 822 099 x 6727 or via email at [email protected].

There is also an opportunity for NHS Staff to be involved as a similar LGB&T NHS Staff group is being held on Thursday 10th October, in the Conference Room at St Mary’s Hospital at 17.30.

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